Isard Organizes and Chairs Second iPiPE Mixer
Posted: February 23, 2016
Dr. Scott A. Isard organized and chaired the second Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Mixer (iPMx) held in Raleigh, NC, on February 9–10, 2016. Extension professionals and their undergraduate student interns from across the nation who participate in the iPiPE Cooperative Agricultural Project (CAP) attended the meeting. Crop-Pest Program (CPP) Coordinators created a draft of their 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Plan. Students presented posters highlighting their summer activities and provided feedback to improve the iPiPE intern experience. Advisory Board members discussed strategies for sustaining CPPs and iPiPE. See PHOTOS.
There were three primary outcomes from the meeting:
- New and continuing participants learned about the organization of iPiPE, participant responsibilities, and how to facilitate work (i.e., who to contact for information and help);
- Participants learned how to use new and existing tools and services provided by the IT Services, Evaluation, Research, and Outreach & Education support components of iPiPE;
- IT Services, Evaluation, Research, and Outreach & Education support providers learned how CPP Coordinators and interns used the tools and services in 2015 to engage stakeholders to participate in iPiPE and how the tools and services should be modified to enhance their use and meet CPP participants’ needs in 2016.
Funded by a 2015 United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) 5-year $7 million grant to Penn State University, iPiPE CAP's mission consists of four interrelated objectives:
- Contribute to our nation’s infrastructure for food security;
- Build local and regional capacity to respond to food security problems involving crop pests;
- Reduce adverse environmental effects from pest management practices;
- Enhance farm profitability.